With the city’s Mediterranean climate attracting wonderfully hot average highs, hitting over thirty degrees during the summer, the best way to discover the city’s monumental sights is on foot. Those a little more adventurous can go by rented Segway or on a supervised city bike tour!
The more popular attractions include the Coliseum, Roman Forum and Trevi Fountain in Rome and The Santa Maria del Fiore Basilica in Florence. Not to forget St. Mark’s Square and the gondola, bridges and canals of Venice, the Greek temples in Paestrum, the aftermath of the volcano in Pompeii and the Piazza del Campo square in Siena. Other attractions worth seeing are the leaning tower in Pisa, the Catacombs of the Capuchins in Sicily and of course the Vatican City, a tiny state nestled snugly inside Rome with its amazing St Peter’s Square, Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums.
Day trip from Rome
Everyone mentions Rome, Venice and Florence as the ‘must-see’ cities when visiting Italy but there are so many other places worth discovering. Some of these include a stunningly scenic drive along the Amalfi Coast, a boat trip on the enormous Lake Como in the Italian Lake District, skiing in the Alpine region or some relaxing sunbathing on a beach on the Italian Riviera. And if that isn’t enough how about some offshore exploration by visiting the country’s beautiful islands, including Sardinia, Capri, Sicily, Elba and the volcanic island of Stromboli.
Rome’s gastronomic delights
The country is renowned for its gastronomic delights. Where would we be without Pizza, Spaghetti Bolognese, Lasagne, Bruschetta, Ciabatta, Salami, Prosciutto, Minestrone, Cannelloni, Ravioli, Pancetta, Carbonara, Gorgonzola, Mascarpone, Parmesan, Risotto, Panettone and Tiramisu.
And if you fancy a juicy bottle of wine, some of the world’s finest wines can be discovered in the popular wine growing regions. Wine sampling tours have become very popular in Italy when wine lovers can have a few sips of luscious wines including Barola, Chianti, Amarone and Soave!
Shopping in Rome
Shopping in Rome can be a real treat, particularly if looking for leather jackets, bags, belts or shoes. Via Condotti and Via Borgnona are two of the more popular shopping streets, while Campo de Fiori and Porta Potese are two colourful markets worth spending a few hours in. Italy is one of the most fashionable places on the planet and has many world famous designer labels to invest in if you fancy a major shopping spree during your visit. For those on a slightly smaller budget, Italian leather goods are always an extremely popular purchase and offer great value for money, from wallets and handbags to belts and jackets.
Italy happens to be soccer mad and the lucky football enthusiast may be able to get match tickets to see any one of the country’s iconic football teams including Fuentes, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Roma. The world famous Giro d’Italia bike race and the Italian Grand Prix at Monza are also big sporting attractions. We compare the best deals in Rome, Bologna, Florence, Milan, Naples, Venice to name just a few of our top Italian destinations. Compare cheap hotels in Rome for great online deals. Thank you for visiting our hotel comparison site, we hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable trip.